Tusk Trust

Tusk Trust is a British non-profit organisation 22 set up in 1990 to advance wildlife conservation across Africa. The charity is influential in the protection of African elephant, African rhinoceros and African lion, along with many other threatened species across Africa. Tusk’s mission is to amplify the impact of progressive conservation initiatives across Africa.[1]


Tusk Trust was set up by Charles Mayhew MBE,[2] who is the Chief Executive. In 2020 Alexander Rhodes succeeded The Hon Stephen Watson as Chairman of the Tusk Board, which is supported by the Tusk Development Board.

Prince William has been a Royal Patron of the organization since 2005.[3]

Tusk is a member of the Princes' Charities Forum,[4] an initiative started by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2006 as a way of bringing together their charitable interests to develop synergies between the 20 or so organisations they support.

Tusk Trustees

Alexander Rhodes (Chairman) – Alexander is Head of Purpose at Mishcon de Reya, where he provides strategic Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) advice. He was the founding CEO of Stop Ivory and head of the Secretariat to the inter-governmental Elephant Protection Initiative. He joined Tusk’s Board in 2014, and was appointed Chairman in 2020.[5]

Other board members are Dr Susan Canney, Sarah Fairbairn, Patrick Harverson, Phillip Ihenacho, Beatrice Karanja, Deborah Meaden, Nick Tims, and Mark Tyndall.

Tusk Supported Projects

Tusk has supported many project across Africa[6] including:

Tusk Conservation Awards

The Tusk Conservation Awards, in partnership with Ninety-One (formerly Investec Asset Management), is an annual event to celebrate African-based conservation leaders and wildlife rangers, and their significant impacts in the field.[7]

Tusk Trust has presented the annual Tusk Conservation Awards every year in London since 2013.

There are three Tusk Awards presented annually:

  • Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa - Sponsored by Ninety One, this is a lifetime achievement award, given to a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional continued contribution to conservation in Africa. Past Winners: Hipólito Lima (2020), Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira (2019), Pete Morkel (2018), Rian Labuschagne (2017), John Kahekwa (2016), Garth Owen-Smith (2015), Richard Bonham (2014), Clive Stockil (2013).[8]
  • Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa - Sponsored by Land Rover, this is for an individual who is judged to be an emerging leading conservationist, in recognition of their outstanding success shown in their chosen field. Past Winners: John Kamanga (2020), Tomas Diagne (2019), Vincent Opyene (2018), Brighton Kumchedwa (2017), Cathy Dreyer (2016), Dr Emmanuel de Merode (2015), Herizo Andrianandrasana (2014), Tom Lalampaa (2013).[9]
  • Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award - Sponsored by The Nick Maughan Foundation, this award gives international recognition to the dedication and commitment of an individual who works in the field to protect Africa’s wildlife. Past Winners: Amos Gwema (2020), Benson Kanyembo (2019), Julius Obwona (2018), Lucky Ndlovu & Solomon Chidunuka (2017), Manuel Sacaia (2016), Edward Ndiritu (2015).[10]

On 12 September 2013 Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended the 1st annual Tusk Conservation Awards.[11][12]

Kate Silverton regularly presents the Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony.

At the Tusk Conservation Awards 2016 Sir David Attenborough was also honoured for his services to conservation by Prince William.[13][14]

In 2020 the Tusk Conservation Awards were held online and Prince William was joined by famous faces including host Kate Silverton, Liz Bonnin, Rory Bremner, Ben Fogle, Bear Grylls, Katherine Jenkins, Deborah Meaden, Tristan Phipps, Emma Weymouth and Levison Wood. The ceremony was accompanied by live music from acoustic artist Jack Savoretti and his band.

Lewa Safari Marathon

Tusk is co-organiser of the annual Lewa Safari Marathon, an annual fund raising event held at Lewa Downs, about 140 miles (230 km) north of Nairobi, Kenya.

Supporters include Eliud Kipchoge[15] and Geoffrey Kamworor.[16]

Tusk Rhino Trail

The Tusk Rhino Trail was a London-wide art installation held in London between August and September 2018. It celebrated the magnificence of the rhino, and drew attention to the severe threat of poaching to their survival. Each rhino was specially designed, decorated and embellished by internationally renowned artists. The sculptures where on display from 20 August until World Rhino Day on 22 September. They will be auctioned by the leading London auction house, Christie's, on 9 October 2018. The funds raised were to support conservation projects protecting rhino and other endangered African species.[17]

Each rhino was specially designed, decorated and embellished by internationally renowned artists including Glen Baxter, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Eileen Cooper, Adam Dant, Nancy Fouts, Nick Gentry, Zhang Huan, Patrick Hughes, David Mach, Harland Miller, Marc Quinn, Axel Scheffler, Gavin Turk, Dave White, Ronnie Wood, David Yarrow and Jonathan Yeo.[18]


  1. ^ "Tusk - Advancing Wildlife Conservation Across Africa". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  2. ^ "Tusk | Charles Mayhew MBE". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  3. ^ "Tusk | Royal Patron". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  4. ^ Kirsty.Oram (2016-02-18). "The Charities Forum". The Royal Family. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  5. ^ "Tusk | Tusk Board & Advisors". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  6. ^ "Tusk | Tusk Supported Projects". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  7. ^ "Tusk Conservation Awards". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  8. ^ "Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  9. ^ "Tusk Conservation Award". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  10. ^ "Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  11. ^ "Prince William awards Kenyan and Zimbabwean conservationists". BBC News. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  12. ^ "Duchess of Cambridge sparkles at conservation charity event". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  13. ^ Jenny.minard (2016-12-01). "A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the Tusk Awards 2016". The Royal Family. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  14. ^ Full David Attenborough speech is available you YouTube.
  15. ^ Wairimu, Ivy. "Eliud Kipchoge Promotes the #TuskLewaSafariChallenge". Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon 2020. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  16. ^ Team, Lewa Communications (2020-05-24). "World's Fastest Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge Runs with Lewa Rangers to Encourage Support for the Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon". Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  17. ^ tuskrhinotrail. "Home". Tusk Rhino Trail 2018. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  18. ^ tuskrhinotrail (2018-08-12). "Artists". Tusk Rhino Trail 2018. Retrieved 2021-02-25.

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